The Catalan takes the best bits of the Queen’s Gambit and Reti Opening to give you easy development, a sound position, and rich, creative play.
The Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings Vol#4 – The Open Catalan – IM Robert Ris
The Open Catalan begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2. (See the diagram).
The Catalan is one of those openings you really should have in your locker.
The Catalan takes the best bits of the Queen’s Gambit and Reti Opening to give you easy development, a sound position, and rich, creative play. It was used extensively by Vladimir Kramnik during his World Chess Championship matches.
Now IM Robert Ris has put together a new 3½ hour course that teaches you how to get great positions with the Open Catalan.
About the Author:
Robert Ris is a Dutch International Master.
Ris learned how to play chess from his father when he was eight years old, and started playing in SV Amstelveen. In 2002 he started playing for SC Utrecht, and, later, in other clubs.
In the same year, he also won the Open Dutch Youth Chess Championship, which he had also won the D category (up to 12 years) in 1999. Ris has been an international chess coach since 2007. He was also part of the selection of Young Orange.
How is this course going to help me?
- Learn what to play when White opts to play 7.dxc5. At first, this looks pretty harmless for Black, however, this is a trendy move at the moment and it is something Black should take the time to study in order not to get caught out over the board.
- After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2. (See the diagram)IM Ris also takes a look at how play continues when Black plays 5…Bd7. With this move, Black is trying to ease the pressure along the long diagonal by playing …Bc6 soon.
- In another chapter, IM Ris takes a look at how play continues when White plays 7.Ne5, or the currently trendy move of 7.Na3.
- King safety and killer counters. Don’t just castle out of habit… keeping the king in the center can be both the safest and most aggressive option!
- Human ideas, engine checked. IM Ris shows how elite GMs play the positions in each variation, so you understand the resulting middlegames. And every line, every suggestion, is checked by an engine so there are no nasty surprises.
- Masterful maneuvering. Focus on the important things in the position (like control of the a8-h1 diagonal) and you will usually get an advantage – even if you have to play irregular moves like Nfd2 and Na3! Familiarize yourself with ideas like this and your positional play will improve massively.
These and many other lines are extensively covered in this excellent series by an international renown trainer.
PLUS over 500 GM games in the Catalan…
We’ve put together a 500+ game PGN of recent (2019-) games in the Catalan – the perfect resource for finding new ideas once you’ve mastered everything in this course.